PUTRAJAYA: Over 400 people showed up and gave the late Tan Sri Lee Shin Cheng a final send-off.
Among those who were present were China ambassador, Bai Tian, who arrived at the family home to pay his last respects. Accompanied by several officials, he arrived at about 9.20am on Thursday (June 6), and was ushered in by family members.
He left at about 9.50am.
Later on, shortly after his children, daughters- and sons-in-laws, including grandchildren bowed before his coffin to offer their last respects, a solemn performance of Teresa Teng’s classic The Moon Represents My Heart by the Kuen Cheng High School Wind Orchestra filled the air.
Many were seen sobbing among the crowd throughout the funeral rites.
As close relatives were called to offer their last respects, others who were present to pay homage to Lee included the senior management and staff of IOI Group and its domestic and foreign business partners.
Representatives from Chinese associations and guilds, students and teachers of Kuen Cheng High School in Kuala Lumpur, in which Lee was the chairman of its board of directors, were also present.
Several officials from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office also came to pay their last respects.
Lee’s casket was then loaded onto the funeral hearse amidst soft chanting from three Buddhist nuns before the procession began at 11.20am at the family home in Diamond Hill, IOI Resort City here.
As the band began marching to the sombre tune of Yu Tian’s 70’s oldies Rong Shu Xia (Under the Banyan Tree), one of Lee’s son-in-law was seen carrying a white banner on a long pole, led the procession, followed by the hearse and family members.
Accompanied by a crowd of mourners consisting friends and family on foot behind, they made way to the guard house before the cortege continued to pass by several prominent places in the IOI City here and also in Puchong, where Lee was instrumental in building them into what they are today.
Lee was eventually laid to rest in the Nilai Memorial Park.
He died on Saturday (June 1) after a period of illness, two days before his 80th birthday and official retirement.
He leaves behind his wife, six children and 12 grandchildren.
In March, his youngest son, IOI Properties Group Bhd CEO Lee Yeow Seng, tied the knot with Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Yeo Bee Yin.